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Ralph Emerson Quotes

For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail

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Character is higher than intellect.

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Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.

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I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the school boys who educate my son.

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Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.

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No man can help another without helping himself.

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A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

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Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.

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The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.

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I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose...

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Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

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One definition of man is ''an intelligence served by organs.''

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The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.

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The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.

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Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.

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A sect or party is an incognito devised to save man from the vexation of thinking.

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Artists must be sacrificed to their art.

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The future belongs to those who prepare for it.

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